Letters to the Editor

Let’s clean up water fountain to serve the community

I agree that the water fountain is an eyesore. but rather than have it removed, why not ask for it to be cleaned and maintained?… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Make informed choices early

As our population’s longevity moves upwards, elder law has become an increasingly popular field, covering estate planning, trusts, wills, care arrangements, Social Security and retirement… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Donated van

We already have scheduled Metro transit, Metro Access vans and two Metro Community Vans that are available for a wide range of transportation services that… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

The USSR was better than the United States in many respects

The fertility rate is 1.8 births per woman in the United States. This isn’t sustainable for our work force, which requires at least 2.1 births… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

Cigarette butts: Who will clean up ugly blight?

While walking in town, I came upon a quite disgusting sight, a non-functioning water fountain containing cigarette butts. Can something be done to remove this… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

Point Robinson lighthouse claimed a life and is dangerous

The woman who died at the lighthouse on July 14 last year was my wife, Barbara Lippmann. Her fall was witnessed by an unknown woman… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

VIVA: Thanks for the support

The support artists receive from our island community helps individuals and art thrive on Vashon.

  • May 15, 2019

Let’s leave world better than we found it

Musings on immigration, abortion rights.

  • May 15, 2019

We can still enjoy holiday with quiet celebration

Ahead of July 4, buy only quiet or soundless fireworks.

  • May 8, 2019

Would islander share anti-vaccine views with sufferers?

700-plus people have come down with measles in this outbreak.

  • May 8, 2019

We must focus on the good of the whole community

We need to rethink the idea of emphasizing the rights of individuals over the whole.

  • May 8, 2019

All are welcome at Havurah for special service

Last Saturday morning, while members of our congregation studied Torah together at the Havurah as they do every week, another congregation in San Diego was… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

Would islander share her vaccine views with those who have suffered from measles?

March Twisdale writes that vaccinating children against measles is “guaranteed to harm” while not vaccinating represents a “super small possibility” of harm (“Legislation threatens informed… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

Join vigil for murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Girls

At 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, we will gather in downtown Vashon for a prayer vigil and information sharing for the National Day of Awareness… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

We need to understand the importance of Ramadan

Recent events in New Zealand and Sri Lanka remind us that horrifying violence in the name of religion continues to plague us. As Muslims throughout… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

Freedom of the press is dying

Freedom of the press is dying in America. Julian Assange is the canary in the coal mine. The government of the United States wants to… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2019

Legislation threatens informed consent

To all who support HB 1638, When I chose to delay the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine until my sons were 8 and 11, I… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2019

Vashon Audubon supports park district levy

The board of Vashon Audubon endorses the Vashon Park District levy. The district’s many properties provide important habitat for birds and other critters. We value… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019

Disagreements should not result in personal attacks

It is a sad commentary on our community when individuals who disagree with an opposing view resort to attacking the opposer personally instead of sticking… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019

Recent Point Robinson story was missing humanity

The April 11 story “Tours at lighthouse depend on changes” felt like it was missing a little humanity and a compelling dependent clause: “Following fatal… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2019